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The Center for Faith Studies’ mission is “to provide study of what it means to be the community of people through whom God is experienced.” The Center offers a spectrum of classes, events and a popular lecture series. The Center has drawn thousands of people from our own congregation and the wider Omaha community and covers a wide range of topics and subject matter.

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Michael Dowd on July 31!

July 31     at     7 PM

Rev. Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian, bestselling author, and evangelist for Big History and an honorable relationship to future. His bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum.

July’s talk will focus on Climate Change – sounding a message of hope while not denying the science.

“Humans, unwittingly, have become a planetary force. We are changing, irreversibly, the very climate of our world. Henceforth, any actions we take as individuals and societies will be done in the new light of climate change. What vision will carry us forward through such times and inspire us to work together? How shall we frame the need to shed our business-as-usual outlook on life and take on a new vision of possibility that can unite us as a species in joyful self-sacrifice and service? What vision will charge us with a sense of heroic purpose that the future is, indeed, calling us to greatness? “

Lillian Daniel Coming May 29!

Pastor, writer and teacher, Lillian Daniel has served as the Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn Illinois since 2004. Her newest book, When Spiritual But Not Religious Is Not Enough: Seeing God In Surprising Places, Even the Church is a provocative case for why religious community matters. Other works include What My Mother Gave Me, Tell It Like It Is, and This Odd and Wondrous Calling.  An editor-at-large for the Christian Century Magazine, and a contributing editor at Leadership Journal, her work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, Books and Culture, The Journal for Preachers and in the daily email devotionals available at ucc.org, with over 20,000 subscribers. She has taught preaching at Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago Divinity School and at her alma mater, Yale Divinity School, where she received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award for “Distinction in Congregational Ministry.” A frequent speaker around the country, Lillian has graciously agreed to return to Countryside to share her wisdom and wit.   Lecture/Q& A/Book Signing/Reception.  Thursday, May 29th at 7 PM.  


Bill McKibben video is now available

Center for Faith Studies presents Bill McKibben via Skype.

Bill McKibben (5-1-14) from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.

Bill McKibben speaking via Skype at Center for Faith Studies May 1 at 6 p.m.

Center for Faith Studies presents Author & Environmentalist, Bill McKibben.
Thursday, May 1st
6:00 p.m. CDT
Countryside Community Church
8787 Pacific St.
Lecture via Skype
Tickets currently available in the church office  as well as at the door on the night of the event.
Suggested donation $10.00


Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern.

Bill’s talk will describe the current state of global warming through an explanation of the basic math and science of climate change. He will give updates on the movement working to end our reliance on fossil fuel energy and create a world powered by renewable sources.

Bill will join us via Skype in an effort to practice what he preaches, leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Eric Elnes, Ph. D. will give a brief introduction and facilitate the discussion.


Video for Ani Zonneveld is now available!

Ani Zonneveld Lecture and Q&A March 27, 2014

Ani Zonneveld from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.

Ani Zonneveld Speaking at Center for Faith Studies March 27

Video for Chaja Verveer is now available

Chaja Verveer presented by the Institute for Holocaust Education and the Center for Faith Studies, March 6 2014.

Chaja Verveer from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.




The Institute for Holocaust Education and Center for Faith Studies presents: Chaja Verveer, March 6 at 7p.m.

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber video now available!

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber Lecture and Q&A
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7 p.m.

Nadia Bolz-Weber (2-27-14) from Center for Faith Studies on Vimeo.



Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber speaking at Center for Faith Studies